Don’t Forget God’s Covenant

Bruce Fiol

READ : Deuteronomy 4:15-31 Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord, which he made with you. (v. 23) We don’t often picture God as a jealous husband (v. 24). But he takes the covenant he made with his bride very seriously. He has promised her his unchanging, unending love. And because his love for his bride is so intense, any infidelity on the part of his beloved people ignites his jealousy, which he describes as a “consuming …

Remembering What’s Happened

Bruce Fiol

READ : Deuteronomy 4:9-14 Don’t forget the things your eyes have seen. (v. 9) You reached your destination—almost. It was time to reflect. God had worked in amazing ways: providing, protecting, leading, disciplining. Moses warned against forgetting how God had displayed his greatness, holiness, and power. “But chief among the things I want you to remember,” said the Lord through Moses, “is the day when you stood at the base of Mt. Sinai. Remember the fire? The lightening? The thunder? …

Time to Remember

Bruce Fiol

READ : Deuteronomy 1:5-8 You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey . . . (v. 7) It had been tough, the journey long. Forty years! Much had transpired trudging mile after trackless mile through unforgiving desert sands. Searing summer heat. Frigid nights. Gnawing hunger. Burning thirst. Crippling discouragement. Dark doubts. “Why did we leave? Where are we going? What’s the use? Who has the answers? How can we face another day?” But Israel’s journey …

The Testimony of John

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 20:30-31 These [signs] are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ. (v. 31) Near the end of his Gospel, John tells us his reason for writing. This beloved disciple recorded seven statements in which Christ declared his deity. Then he chronicled seven signs, miracles that confirm Jesus’ claim to deity. Finally, he called upon seven witnesses to testify to what they knew about Jesus. There are no inconsistencies in their testimonies: Jesus is the …

The Testimony of Thomas

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 20:24-28 Thomas answered [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!” (v. 28) They heard him say, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Then they watched him die. And from the shadows they observed several men and women prepare his battered body for burial. But now, on Sunday evening, Jesus suddenly appeared among his assembled disciples through locked doors. One, however, was missing. Thomas hadn’t made it to “church” that night. When his friends reported they had seen …

The Testimony of Martha

Bruce Fiol

READ : John 11:21-27 Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God. (v. 27) She was a simple woman, a homebody whose gift was hospitality. Jesus and his disciples had frequently been served—and served well—by this giving woman. Martha loved Jesus. He loved her. But crisis had blown a disruptive gale into Martha’s happy family. Brother Lazarus had fallen gravely ill and within days had died. It was into that context of death, sorrow, and hopelessness …